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An Evening with the Poets
October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harshman’s WOMAN IN RED ANORAK, won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and was published in 2018 by Lynx House / University of Washington Press. His fourteenth children’s book, FALLINGWATER…, co-authored with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2017 and was an Amazon Book of the Month. He is also co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. Harshman’s newest collection of poems, THE SHADOW TESTIMONIES, has just been scheduled for publication by Salmon Press in the Republic of Ireland.
Appointed in 2012, he is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia.
George Ella Lyon:
Writing in many genres for readers of all ages, George Ella Lyon has published over forty books. Of her new poetry collection She Let Herself Go,
The Washington Independent Review of Books said, “Lyon, with joy and conviction, teaches us how to write. The trick is to make life right so each day is energized, restoring the writer to herself. . . . [E]ach poem makes you feel better than the one before.”
Kirkus Reviews calls her newest novel for young adults, Holding on to Zoe, “an intriguing window into the life of a damaged teen.”
Often rooted in Appalachia, Lyon’s work speaks to a broad audience. As a Booklist reviewer wrote of the novel With a Hammer for My Heart, “Lyon gives readers a story rich in precise, gorgeous language that glows like a sword on the forge and cuts as deep. . . . Tragedies old and new weave a tiny Kentucky town into the center of the universe.”
Publishers Weekly called her picture book Which Side Are You On: The Story of a Song a high-stakes account of grace under pressure,” and The Horn Book says of All the Water in the World, “It’s a familiar subject but a vital one, to which author and illustrator bring a passion and artistry that give it the power of story.”
Lyon’s books have received many awards, including ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, a Jane Addams Honor, a Golden Kite, the Appalachian Book of the Year, and the Bluegrass Award. She’s had numerous Notable and Best Book citations, and her poem “Where I’m From” is used as a writing model around the world.
George Ella holds a PhD in English from Indiana University, where she studied with poet Ruth Stone. She has taught writing on many campuses and spoken at hundreds of schools, libraries, and conferences throughout the country.
The mother of two grown sons, she is married to musician and writer Steve Lyon and lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she writes songs and works for peace.
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